Diet and Cancer

Diet and Cancer

Reviewed By:Mark Oren, M.D., FACP Summary Good nutrition is beneficial for everyone. A healthy, balanced diet may reduce the risk of numerous diseases, including some forms of cancer. For example, diets low in saturated fat have been shown to decrease the risk for colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. Over the years, researchers have conducted extensive …

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Age and Cancer Risk

Age and Cancer Risk

Reviewed By:Martin E. Liebling, M.D., FACP Summary The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that nearly 1.5 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2007. Age is a primary risk factor for the disease with about 77 percent of all cancers being diagnosed in people age 55 and older. As …

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Urine Tests for Cancer

Reviewed By:Mark Oren, M.D., FACP Summary Urine tests are used to help diagnose many different conditions, including cancer. Urinalysis is a physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine using a battery of tests. The primary urine test related to cancer is urine cytology, which primarily looks for cancer and inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract. Other …

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Tumor Marker Tests

Tumor Marker Tests

Reviewed By:Martin E. Liebling, M.D., FACPMark Oren, M.D., FACP Summary Tumor markers, also called biomarkers, are measurable substances found in the body that may indicate the presence of cancer when present in large amounts. These substances may include proteins and other biochemicals that can be produced by either tumor cells or by the body in response to …

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Sedimentation Rate and Cancer

Sedimentation Rate and Cancer

Reviewed By:Mark Oren, M.D., FACP Summary Sedimentation rate, also called erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or sed rate, is a type of blood test used to identify the presence of inflammation somewhere in the body. The test measures the rate at which red blood cells (erythrocytes) separate from blood plasma, the liquid component of blood in …

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